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... a movie and its corresponding TV series share music. I'm not sure why I think that's such an event, but I love that it's the case with Ghostbusters and also with Beetlejuice.

I was making a Halloween playlist earlier tonight, realizing again that there's actually very few Halloween-type songs, and randomly decided to see whether I could add the Beetlejuice TV theme to the list. Instead I stumbled into the movie theme and curiously listened and was pleased that it was basically the same music.

I actually never saw the movie (which is obvious), even though I was obsessed with the TV show. As a kid, I usually wasn't too interested in the movie versions of cartoons since the characters generally looked and sounded different from what I was used to and in the case of Beetlejuice, behaved differently too. Beetlejuice and Lydia were certainly not chummy in the movie. I still sort of wonder how one can connect the two verses, if one is of a mind to do so.

(Sidenote: The fact that I saw and adored the Turtles' first movie as a kid is kind of an anomaly. Then again, that was my main exposure to the franchise despite watching the cartoon too.)

I feel a little sad that some things can make me run screaming from Beetlejuice now, since I loved it as a kid. I just can't handle any head problems; it was one of those episodes that finally turned me off when I was about six. (And yes, I can never look at the movie DVD case too clearly when I see it in stores.) But I still am amused that when I dipped into a couple of the episodes I vividly remembered last year or so, I found the art/beatnik episode a real kick whereas I hadn't liked it that much as a kid. I guess with episodes like that one, most of the jokes are best understood when one is older.

Date: 2016-10-14 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yes it does kind of bother me as to why would Lydia hang out with Beetlejuice in the cartoon series after he almost forced her to marry him in the movie (and why weren't the Maitlands..I can't spell it oh wait you haven't seen the movie) not in the animated series?

well since you haven't seen the movie I should suggest that you should give it a look, but you might not like it

Date: 2016-10-14 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the only logical answer is that the movie and the TV series do not take place in the same verse. I suppose there's a chance that with enough interaction over time, maybe Lydia and Beetlejuice could grow to become friends, but that wouldn't explain the Maitlands' absence since they're bound to the house. And there's also the fact that Lydia's characterization in general is completely different in the TV series versus the movie.

I can guarantee there are some scenes I wouldn't like, such as the epilogue, but I certainly have been curious.

Date: 2016-10-14 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you'd probably get a kick out of the possession scene set to Harry Belafonte music (but then again that's floating around everywhere on youtube)

the epilogue is fine...until Beetlejuice scams a voodoo priest out of his wait number and gets his head shrunk...which is why there probably shouldn't be a sequel, because where would you go from there? Beetlejuice is one of those films that shouldn't get a sequel (that and Hocus Pocus....HP should be rebooted, of course people will disagree with me there probably)

Date: 2016-10-14 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL. That sounds so cracky. Maybe I'll look it up.

Yeah, that's exactly why I wouldn't like the epilogue, or that part of the epilogue. But I doubt the situation was permanent. There is a sequel in the works; Winona Ryder was talking about it just last year and confirmed she would be in it.

Date: 2016-10-14 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought those sequel rumours were shot down by Burton

Date: 2016-10-14 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was thinking that was farther in the past, but I could be wrong. Wikipedia certainly isn't the best resource for news.

Date: 2016-10-15 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah IMDB isn't exactly useful either (since fans can edit actor profiles and movie descriptions and such)
Edited Date: 2016-10-15 05:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-10-23 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol, I was going to send you the possession scene with the batch of clips last night, but dozed off before I got a chance.

As far as linking the two Beetlejuice-verses, I read a really charming fic on e where the Maitlands agreed to cut Beetlejuice's punishment-by-sandworm short if he agreed to apologize to Lydia, and he spent the better part of the fic just trying to get her to stop screaming and throwing things long enough to listen to him. It covered a decent stretch of time, and friendship and affection eventually developed over the course of it. It was really sweet, as I recall.

Date: 2016-10-23 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I saw it in the sidebar of one of the songs, of all things, LOL. I'll have to check that out too.

Awww, that does sound sweet!

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